Hatch Dispatch: Update on Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-10-16 17:25:41
Dear Friend:The government shutdown and the debt ceiling limit immediately facing us have spiraled to a feverish pitch. Things are rapidly moving and changing, so I wanted to keep you updated on where I stand on these issues, as well as action I have taken to reimburse the state for re-opening our national parks.BIPARTISAN PLAN TO REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT, PREVENT DEFAULTEarlier today I announced my support for compromise legislation to reopen the government and prevent a default. While this bill isn’t perfect, it is a path forward to reopen the government and prevent an economy-shaking default. When Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the federal government, we have to understand what is achievable and what is not. Too many were led to believe we could accomplish something that was never possible – namely defunding ObamaCare through a government shutdown.This legislation locks in significant spending reductions against bitter opposition from the other side of the aisle who want to raise the American people’s taxes to spend more money we simply don’t have. That is an achievement that cannot be overstated.It is frustrating to see that despite the many flaws of ObamaCare – as evidenced by the disastrous roll out of the health care exchanges on October 1 – that President Obama and Senate Democrats were unwilling to work with Republicans on behalf of the American people to make some very common-sense changes to the law. One of the changes I pushed for was a repeal of the medical device tax, which impacts more than 10,000 jobs in Utah alone.Unfortunately, President Obama was missing in action during this debate, save for hosting a few brief meetings at the White House. Washington’s runaway spending is going to swallow us whole unless we act, and that’s going to require the President to step into the fray and be the leader he was elected to be, because the fact is that there are more fights ahead to get our spending under control.UTAH DESERVES REIMBURSEMENT FOR RE-OPENING NATIONAL PARKSI also announced legislation today that I am cosponsoring that would reimburse states within 90 days for any state funds used to reopen National Parks that were closed due to the government shutdown. The legislation would reimburse the state of Utah for reopening 8 units of the National Park System in the state: The Mighty Five – Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Zion National Park; as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell).Our beautiful parks are one of the key economic drivers in our state, and Governor Herbert did the right thing in working out an agreement with the Department of the Interior. It’s only fair and right for the state to be reimbursed for picking up the federal government’s slack. I hope Majority Leader Reid will bring this bill up for a vote soon so Utah taxpayers can be reimbursed.I will continue to fight for Utah’s interests on these and other critical issues that are greatly affecting the future of our state and nation.Sincerely,Orrin Hatch
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Dear Friend:

The government shutdown and the debt ceiling limit immediately facing us have spiraled to a feverish pitch. Things are rapidly moving and changing, so I wanted to keep you updated on where I stand on these issues, as well as action I have taken to reimburse the state for re-opening our national parks.

BIPARTISAN PLAN TO REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT, PREVENT DEFAULT

Earlier today I announced my support for compromise legislation to reopen the government and prevent a default. While this bill isn’t perfect, it is a path forward to reopen the government and prevent an economy-shaking default. When Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the federal government, we have to understand what is achievable and what is not. Too many were led to believe we could accomplish something that was never possible – namely defunding ObamaCare through a government shutdown.

This legislation locks in significant spending reductions against bitter opposition from the other side of the aisle who want to raise the American people’s taxes to spend more money we simply don’t have. That is an achievement that cannot be overstated.

It is frustrating to see that despite the many flaws of ObamaCare – as evidenced by the disastrous roll out of the health care exchanges on October 1 – that President Obama and Senate Democrats were unwilling to work with Republicans on behalf of the American people to make some very common-sense changes to the law. One of the changes I pushed for was a repeal of the medical device tax, which impacts more than 10,000 jobs in Utah alone.

Unfortunately, President Obama was missing in action during this debate, save for hosting a few brief meetings at the White House. Washington’s runaway spending is going to swallow us whole unless we act, and that’s going to require the President to step into the fray and be the leader he was elected to be, because the fact is that there are more fights ahead to get our spending under control.

UTAH DESERVES REIMBURSEMENT FOR RE-OPENING NATIONAL PARKS

I also announced legislation today that I am cosponsoring that would reimburse states within 90 days for any state funds used to reopen National Parks that were closed due to the government shutdown. The legislation would reimburse the state of Utah for reopening 8 units of the National Park System in the state: The Mighty Five – Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Zion National Park; as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell).

Our beautiful parks are one of the key economic drivers in our state, and Governor Herbert did the right thing in working out an agreement with the Department of the Interior. It’s only fair and right for the state to be reimbursed for picking up the federal government’s slack. I hope Majority Leader Reid will bring this bill up for a vote soon so Utah taxpayers can be reimbursed.

I will continue to fight for Utah’s interests on these and other critical issues that are greatly affecting the future of our state and nation.

Sincerely,

Orrin Hatch

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